NileGuide Expert Says:
Along with Yosemite Valley, Abraham Lincoln protected these trees in 1864; the first time in history that a national government preserved land for the citizens simply because it was beautiful.
Mariposa Grove Road
Park at the Wawona Store parking area and walk east 0.25 miles to Forest Dr. The trail head is on the right
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209 372 0200
NileGuide Expert tip:
Snowshoe or XC ski through these giants in the winter for an otherworldly experience.
This grove was part of the world's first 'national park,' protected by the US government 8 years before Yellowstone. It's open all year, but you can only drive in during the summer and fall. In winter it's a couple mile walk, ski or snowshoe along the access road -very worthwhile. These trees are huge, up to 300' tall, and 25-30' across at the base. The Grizzly Giant is a main attraction, a mile's walk from the parking area. The famous Tunnel Tree fell down in 1969, but there's a second tree with a tunnel cut through it next to the Grizzly Giant.
Walking trails lace the grove of several hundred trees, and a small museum in the upper grove makes an informative and scenic stop. Those who don't want to hike on these slopes can take a 1.5 hour tram tour for $26, with headset narration in 6 languages.
Parking is limited so for much of the summer, plan to park at the Wawona Store and take a free shuttle every half hour. Trailers and RV's should not go up the narrow road into the grove.